I still don't get it. Why does the Big TEN feel so 'ambitiously interested' to expand through the South? Like, having their current membership (now with Rutgers & Maryland in the mix) isn't damn enough? And I meant it on a standpoint on putting money making aside and stuff. If that does happen, then the P5 conferences would go beyond 64 schools, and I bet that there might be chaos and conspiracy, among other issues thanks to the conference realignment.
See the map below. They Big Ten wanted in that sprawling metro that is the DC-Philly-NYC corridor and now would like to tap into the growing South population.
The only adjacent areas they are close to for future expansion are New England (BC/UConn), Up-State NY (Syracuse), Virginia (UVA), St Louis (Mizzou), Kansas City (KU), Kentucky (UK) and West Virginia (WVU)
Quick analysis: WVU is not a B1G type school Mizzou/Kentucky aren't leaving the SEC. that leaves 3 candidates to the East (Syracuse, UVA, BC/UConn) and 1 to the West (KU).
The other targets that either require additional expansion to fit in the B1G's self touted contiguous footprint would be North Carolina (need VA), Georgia (needs NC), Florida (needs GA), Oklahoma (need KU), Texas (needs OU)
Quick analysis: UT/OU are likely not an option unless chaos strikes as both have baggage (OSU/TT) that are not B1G type schools. This means that the B1G's only plans to move South is all based around them getting UVA as UVA by itself is a great school that could pair well with KU in the West or Syracuse/UConn/BC in the Northeast and also bridge to NC for UNC (#1 target after UVA) or Duke.
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